Teenager honoured for his bravery after chasing thug

Rohan Mclean is presented with his Commanders Compliment by Chief Superintendent Sharon Scott. Picture by Jane Coltman
Rohan Mclean is presented with his Commanders Compliment by Chief Superintendent Sharon Scott. Picture by Jane Coltman

A teenage have-a-go-hero has been honoured with a police award to recognise his bravery for catching a thug who assaulted a man and his dog.

Rohan McLean, from Alnwick, was recently presented with a Commanders Compliment from Northumbria Police.

It is fitting reward for his efforts, after he chased and detained a man in Alnwick, suffering bite injuries to his arm in the process.

The 17-year-old assisted his father Don, who is a police officer, in pursuing the men.

The father-and-son duo were out for a family meal in Alnwick when the drama unfolded.

The award states: ‘On Thursday, September 15, 2016, while attending a family meal in Alnwick, an incident occurred where a male and his dog were assaulted by two males.

‘Your father, who is a serving member of the police, chased after one of the males responsible.

‘Without regard for your own safety, you chased after the second male. You tackled him and became involved in a struggle.

‘Even though you suffered serious bites to your arm, you persevered in detaining the male.

‘This compliment is in recognition of the outstanding assistance you provided and your bravery.’

Rohan said he was honoured to receive the award, saying he was just doing his bit to help.